AFTER a busy festive period Solihull Moors are without a game this weekend – and manager Bob Faulkner is desperate to return to the dugout to roar on his improving side.
Moors took four points off Redditch United over Christmas and picked up a valuable point away at mid-table Gainsborough Trinity.
This followed an impressive victory over Blyth Spartans and left Faulkner full of hope ahead of 2009.
“We’re disappointed not to be playing Workington on Saturday because we’ve taken great strides of late,” he said.
“We want to get out there and continue what we have achieved recently.
“The lads have been absolutely fantastic and have coped well even with injuries.
Liam Daly scored the winning goal against his former side in Moors’ 2-1 win over Redditch on New Years Day after Moors cancelled out Lucan Spittle’s opener.
And the towering defender admits that he’s enjoying his football at Damson Park.
“I was chuffed to bits to score against Redditch and it was a great win for the lads.” he said.
“Returning there on Boxing Day made me realise how much happier I am at Solihull.
“You only have to look at the quality of our pitch, and the overall set up to see the difference.
“I spoke with the gaffer and told him that I’m happy and enjoying my football here.”
After earning the bragging rights against their local rivals, Moors followed up their success with a point at Gainsborough.
Young midfielder Alex Price was harshly adjudged to have given away a penalty which Lewis McMahon coolly tucked away but ten minutes before the end Junior English smashed in the equaliser.
Daly felt that Moors could and probably should have taken maximum points from the game and his manager echoed his words.
“A month ago we would have been happy with a draw, but we were disappointed,” said Faulkner.
“That shows the huge strides we have taken.”
Faulkner also took time to thank the loyal fans who turn out in their numbers each week to support the club.
“It’s not very often that I get the chance to thank the fans, but I would like to wish them all a happy New Year,” he said.